Every week, we will be publishing our take on the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section.
1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (15-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish started the week with two wins, the first against McClymonds (10-9) and the second against No. 2 Riordan, then went toe-to-toe with Mitty (14-3) on the road and nearly beat the Monarchs. Despite the loss, the Irish continue to impress, while widening the gap between themselves and the rest of the boys basketball programs in the City.
2. Riordan (9-8, with forfeits 4-13, last week’s ranking: 2)
We may ruffle some feathers with this decision, but we will continue to use Riordan’s on-the-court record for the purposes of the Top 10 rankings and in our game stories. Simply put, the player in question was eligible to play sports at the school, but an oversight by the athletic department forced the Crusaders to forfeit games. It may be insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but it is the only consolation we can personally give to the Riordan players.
The Crusaders lost both of their games last week, against No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Francis (11-6).
3. Mission (13-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Bears move up a spot after their first Academic Athletic Association loss of the season last week, but that loss comes with some context. Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya sat one starter for a half and another for the entire game in a one-point loss on the road to Galileo (10-9), then the Bears went on to beat Lowell (10-9), a ranked team last week, by 12 points. At full strength, the Bears have one of the most talented rosters in the City.
4. St. Ignatius (7-10, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Wildcats’ losing streak was extended to six games with losses to Serra (15-2) and Bellarmine (10-7) last week. Unfortunately for St. Ignatius, its offensive funk will not be aided by playing solid defensive West Catholic Athletic League squads.
5. University (12-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Red Devils are rolling and aren’t showing any signs of stopping. University pushed its winning streak to seven games with wins over Castlemont (7-6), No. 8 Stuart Hall and No. 10 Urban (10-8) last week.
6. Lincoln (11-11, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Mustangs went 2-1 last week, but it did not go smoothly. Their week began with a blowout victory over winless O’Connell (0-10), then came a close call against Burton (8-12), followed by a blowout loss on the road to a stout De La Salle (16-2) squad.
7. Lick-Wilmerding (11-8, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Tigers followed their worst stretch of games with one of their best weeks, featuring wins over Marin Academy (11-6) and No. 8 Stuart Hall last week to even their BCL West record.
8. Stuart Hall (14-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Knights slip five spots after two tough road losses to No. 4 University and No. 7 Lick-Wilmerding last week. Despite the big downward move on our list, we’re certainly not counting the Knights out at home in either matchup.
9. Marshall (7-10, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Phoenix make their first appearance in the Top 10 this season and are right in the thick of the AAA playoff race after two wins over previously-ranked Lowell and Galileo (10-9) last week. One concern going forward will be how their slim roster stands up through the rigors of the AAA season.
10. Urban (10-8, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Blues’ blowout wins over Valley Christian-Dublin (3-14) and Drew (2-14) last week may appear underwhelming, but with a close loss to University to round out the week and a previous win over No. 7 Lick-Wilmerding, Urban has shown it is for real.
On the brink: Lowell (10-9), Galileo (10-9), Washington (10-12), Balboa (14-7), Bay (11-7), Gateway (11-2), Waldorf (8-4)